Lt Gen Ajai Kumar Singh,



Southern Command

Lieutenant General Ajai Kumar Singh, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, an alumnus of St Gabriel’s Academy Roorkee, National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy was commissioned into the Seventh Battalion of the Eleventh Gorkha Rifles in December 1984. The General officer is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and has attended prestigious Higher Command and National Defence College courses.
In his 38 years of distinguished military career, he has the distinction of tenating challenging command and staff appointments in varied terrain.  He has vast experience in Counter Insurgency, High Altitude, Glaciated and Desert operations.
The General officer commanded the First Battalion of the Eleventh Gorkha Rifles in intense Counter Insurgency environment in Jammu & Kashmir, Independent Brigade Group in the Rann and Creek Sector on Western Front, the Counter Insurgency Force in Sharifabad and TRISHAKTI Corps in North East.
The General Officer has rich experience by virtue of serving in varied  Instructional, Staff and Regimental appointments to include Colonel MO at Military Operations Directorate, Brigadier (Discipline & Vigilance), AG’s Branch in IHQ of MoD (Army),  Additional Director General of Military Operations and Director General (Operational Logistics & Strategic Movement). He has also served as Instructor at Commando Wing, Belgaum, Deputy Assistant Adjutant & Quartermaster General in a High Altitude Sector, Deputy Commandant & Commandant of  11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre.  The General Officer was also Assistant Military Attache (Pension) at Pension Paying Office, Dharan with the Military Wing at Embassy of India in Nepal. He is a recipient of AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, Chief of the Army Staff  and  General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (Central Command) Commendation Cards for his illustrious contribution to the service.
An alumnus of Himalayan and Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling the General Officer is a keen Trekker and Mountaineer having climbed Mount Rathong (22005 ft) in Kanchenjunga Massif. He is a keen sportsman with interest in cycling, Yoga and is an ardent reader of spirituality, mythology, history and nature.  
The General Officer was married to Mrs Shalini who was a Reikei and Pranic healer with interest in Naturopathy and Yoga and had been actively involved in various welfare activities of troops and families before she left for heavenly abode on 01 Apr 2020. Their son Mr Abhinav Chauhan & daughter Mrs Sanjana are self-employed entrepreneurs in the field of adventure sports, camping and news & entertainment media respectively.
The General officer has assumed the appt of GOC-in-C, Southern Comd on 01 Nov 2022.



Lt Gen Rana Pratap Kalita, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, GOC-in-C, Eastern Command

Lt Gen Rana Pratap Kalita, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM and alumnus of Sainik School Goalpara, National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy.  He was commissioned in 9 KUMAON on 09 June 1984.  The General Officer is a graduate of Defence Service Staff College and has attended Higher Command and National Defence College courses. 

In his 37 years of distinguished military career, he has distinction of tenating important and challenging command and staff appointments in North East and Jammu and Kashmir.

The General Officer commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in intense Counter Insurgency environment in Jammu & Kashmir, Mountain Brigade in peace, an Infantry Division in Jammu & Kashmir and Corps in North East.  He brings with his an enormous operational experience of serving in various Ops to include Op PAWAN in Sri Lanka, Op PARAKRAM & Op RAKSHAK in J&K, Op BAJRANG & Op RHINO in Assam, Op ORCHID in Nagaland and Op HIFAZAT in Manipur.

The General Officer has rich experience by virtue of serving in varied staff appointments to include Col GS of a Division and BGS (Ops) of a Corps in highly active Counter Insurgency environment.  In addition, he has held key appointments in MS Branch, OL Dte, AG’s Branch in IHQ of MoD (Army) and Chief of the Staff, HQ Eastern Comd.  He has also served as Instructor in OTA Chennai and Directing Staff in Higher Command Wing of Army War College, Mhow.

The General Officer had two tenures in United Nations, as a Military Observer in Sierra Leone and Chief Operations Officer in Sudan.  For his illustrious contribution to the service, he has been conferred with UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, COAS Commendation Card & GOC-in-C Eastern Comd Commendation Card.  He was DG MP & PS in AG’s Br, IHQ of MoD prior to taking over as GOC-in-C, Eastern Command.

The General Officer is also the Colonel of the KUMAON & NAGA Regiments and KUMAON SCOUTS.

Married to Mrs Nisha Kalita, the couple have two children. Son is Commissioned in the Army and is a serving offr in 9 KUMAON and daughter is a lecturer in Delhi University.


Lt Gen Nav K Khanduri, AVSM, VSM, GOC-IN-C, Western Comd

Lieutenant General Nav K Khanduri, Ati Vishist Seva Medal, Vishist Seva Medal, assumed the appointment of GOC-in-C, Western Command on 01 Nov 2021.


An alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun and the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, the General passed out with 73rd Regular Course from the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and was commissioned into 27 Air Defence Regiment on 17 Dec 1983. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Defence Services Staff College, College of Defence Management and the National Defence College.


In a career spanning over 38 years, the General has served across a wide spectrum of operational areas and has tenanted a host of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. The General has the unique distinction of commanding an Army Air Defence Brigade in Operation “Rakshak” and later a Mountain Brigade in Operation “Falcon”, He has commanded an Infantry Division on the Western Front and a Corps in Eastern Theatre along the Northern Borders. He had an instructional assignment at College of Defence Management, Secunderabad and has had had varied staff appointments in Field / High Altitude and Integrated Headquarters of MoD (Army). He tenanted the appointment of Director General Operational Logistics and Strategic Movement at IHQ of MoD (Army) prior to being appointed as the GOC-in-C. The General has served on various foreign assignments to include Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan, as United Nation Military Observer (UNMO) at United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) and as Deputy Chief Integrated Service Support (DCISS) at united Nation Mission in Ivory Coast.


The General is a Master of Philosophy in Defence Studies from Madras University and also hold a Masters degree in Management Studies from Osmania University. He writes frequently on issues related to international relations and strategy. The General is married to Mrs Vijaya Khanduri and the couple is blessed with a daughter.


Lt Gen Yogendra Dimri, AVSM, VSM,GOC-IN-C, Central Comd

Lt Gen Yogendra Dimri was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers (The Bombay Sappers) on 17 December 1983. 

An alumnus of National Defence Academy, President’s Gold Medal awardee at Indian Military Academy being first in Order of Merit, ‘Silver Grenade’ of his Young Officers’ Course and Gold Medal awardee in the Engineers Degree Course, the General Officer has a distinguished and illustrious military career spanning more than 37 years.  He went on to attend prestigious Army courses at Defence Services Staff College, Defence Services Command & Staff College (Dhaka), Army War College and National Defence College.

The General Officer carries a rich operational experience having commanded an Assault Engineer Regiment during ‘Operation Parakram’, an Engineer Brigade in a Strike Corps, an Infantry Brigade on the Line of Control, a Counter Insurgency Force in Jammu & Kashmir and the prestigious Sudarshan Chakra Strike Corps in the deserts.

The General officer was a Military Observer in UNTAC and a Directing Staff at DSSC, Wellington.  He has served as General Staff (Operations) in a Pivot Corps and Military Operations Directorate in Army Headquarters, as also looked after the Discipline, Vigilance, Ceremonials and Welfare matters of the Army at the Army Headquarters.

For his exemplary dedication, the General Officer has been twice awarded the GOC-in-C Western Command Commendation Card, the CISC to COSC Commendation Card, Vishist Seva Medal and Ati Vishist Seva Medal.

The General Officer is married to Mrs Nidhi Dimri an erstwhile PGT who contributes to social welfare activities under the AWWA umbrella.  Their son, Maitreya, an Engineering graduate and Management post graduate is a Manager in the corporate sector.

The General Officer assumed the appointment of GOC-in-C Central Command on 01 Apr 2021.


Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi, AVSM, GOC-in-C, Northern Command

Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi, AVSM, an alumnus of Sainik School, Rewa and National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla was commissioned into the 18th Battalion The Jammu & Kashmir Rifles on 15 Dec 1984, which he later commanded in the Kashmir Valley and the deserts of Rajasthan.  The officer had the rare privilege of commanding a newly raised Assam Rifles Sector along the Indo Myanmar Border, during the active phase of Manipur insurgency & has also been the Inspector General (GOC) of IGAR (East),  The officer prior to tenating the appointment of DCOAS (IS&C) has had honour of commanding the prestigious Rising Star Corps.   


The officer during his illustrious career spanning across 36 years, has tenanted important regimental, staff and instructional appointments in the Army HQ and field formations, to include Brigade Major of an Armoured Brigade, GSO-2 & GSO-1 in Military Operations Directorate , AMS at the Military Secretary Branch, Colonel General Staff (Operation) of a Strike Corps  and Colonel Quarter Master General of a Mountain Division.  The General has had the unique opportunity of contributing to his alma mater (The Infantry), having tenanted the appointments of DDG, ADG &DG at the Infantry Directorate.  As the head of the Infantry fraternity, he has steered and fast tracked procurement cases of weapons for all the three services, leading to significant and visible capability enhancement for our armed forces.


The officer has had instructional tenures at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun and at the Higher Command Wing, Army War College, Mhow, apart from the two overseas tenures at Somalia, as part of HQ UNOSOM II and Military Advisor to the Govt of Seychelles. A graduate of the prestigious Defence Service Staff College, Wellington & Higher Command Course, Army War College, Mhow, the officer has also attended the NDC equivalent course at USAWC, Carlisle, USA. The General officer has been awarded GOC-in-C Commendation Card thrice, namely the Northern, Eastern and Southern Commands.


Complementing his illustrious military career, are an M Phil in Defence & Management Studies, in addition to the two Master's Degrees in Strategic Studies including one from USAWC, USA. The officer has also authored / presented articles in various professional forums / Journals. He has pioneered the first ever compendium on Indo- Myanmar Border Management.



Lt Gen Surinder Singh Mahal, was commissioned into the Armoured Corps in December 1984. He has a distinguished and illustrious military career spanning more than 37 years. The General Officer is an alumni of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Higher Command Course, Mhow and National Defence College, New Delhi.

The General Officer carries extensive operational experience and has the distinction of commanding an Independent Armoured Brigade in the Desert Sector, a RAPID and a Strike Corps in the Western Sector. He has also commanded a Combatised Area along the Line of Actual Control.

Instructional appointments tenanted by the General Officer include instructor at the Armoured Corps Centre and School and Senior Instructor at Defence Services Staff College. His staff appointments include two at Military Operations Directorate in different ranks. He has also served in a Counter Insurgency Force Headquarters, Director Force Structuring in Perspective Planning Directorate and a Deputy Military Secretary in a Command Headquarters. His last staff appointment was as Director General (Manpower & Personnel Services) in Adjutant General’s Branch.

For his exemplary dedication and devotion, the General Officer has been awarded the COAS and GOC-in-C Southern Command Commendation Cards, VSM and AVSM.

The General Officer is married to Mrs Sunaina Singh Mahal, a former air hostess with Air India (International) and an aviation hospitality instructor.

The General Officer assumed the appointment of General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Army Training Command on 01 Apr 2022.




Lieutenant General Amardeep Singh Bhinder, AVSM, VSM took over the command of South Western Command on 1st Apr 2021.

An alumnus of National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy, he was commissioned into the Deccan Horse in Jun 1983 which he later commanded.

The General Officer is a Graduate of Defence Service Staff College, Wellington and has attended the Higher Command and National Defence College Courses.

In a career spanning 38 yrs, the General Officer has commanded an Armoured Brigade, an Armoured Division and a Strike Corps. His instructional assignments include tenures at National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Armoured Corps Centre & School, Ahmednagar and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He was Brigade Major of a Mountain Brigade in counter insurgency environment, Colonel General Staff of an Armoured Division, Brigadier General Staff at Headquarters Army Training Command, Major General General Staff at a Command Headquarters. He has been Deputy Director General Mechanised Forces (Equipment), Director General Military Training, Director General Staff Duties and Deputy Chief of Army Staff (IS&C) at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army) New Delhi, prior to taking over Sapta Shakti Command.

The General officer holds an M.Sc. in Defence & Strategic Studies, M.Phil in Defence & Strategic Studies and M.Phil in Defence & Management Studies.